Furtive

Pronunciation: [ fur-tiv ]


Definition: adjective

characterized by stealth; sly and secretive

Origin: Early 17th century; Latin


Etymology: from French furtif, -ive or Latin furtivus, from furtum ‘theft’


Usage:


Synonyms:

  • clandestine

  • covert

  • surreptitious

  • sneaky

  • secretive

Antonyms:

  • aboveboard

  • open

  • obvious

Example:

The detective was furtive in his task and wasn't seen by anyone.

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